I bought this book for my 10 year old. He has in the past enjoyed illustrated/snarky humor books like Captain Underpants and Diary of A Wimpy kid. So I figured he'd enjoy this one as well.
I read it before giving it to him and while the humor isn't directed to my 40-something self, I can still appreciate the over-the-top pronouncements:"I demand that tremendous care be taken while reading my masterpiece. Wear only gloves made from the finest acid-free Ethiopian ibex hair when handling the book. No other clothing--just the gloves."
or"This chaptabulous chapter’s mind-numbing know-how will have you assembling a first-rate band of bad guys in no time."
And the various instructions that are de rigueur in your quest for EVIL masterminding such as:
- Building a Top-Notch EVIL Organization ("At times they can be difficult to control, but at their best they can be a relentless plague upon civilization”
- What to wear when being EVIL (your choice of dark black, black, light black or dark, dark, dark, dark gray.)
- How to laugh evilly: MUAHAHAHAHAHAH
- How to create and finance your EVIL lair
and so on...
It is absurd, hysterical and appropriately illustrated and my kid loved it.
On a more serious parental note, I appreciate the vocabulary included in the book. Big three and four syllable words that forced my kid to sometimes ask what something meant even if he could figure it out in context.
Good book. Recommend!